“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.”
We are in that time now.
It is not for lack of sermons, religious activities, religious chatter, religious gimmicks or anything else religious.
Nor is it for lack of fervour or “commitment” (whatever that means).
These are surface things.
But in the churches these days, nothing happens.
And the reason why is because we are in the midst of a famine.
The only people who don’t think there is a famine are those that still go to church.
There’s one thing that can be said for today’s places of worship: they do a very good job of driving people away. People who are interested in Christianity. The very people they claim they’re attracting.
A verse of scripture comes to mind:
Woe unto you, lawyers! for you have taken away the key of knowledge: you entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in you hindered.
Yes, that’s exactly what today’s churches are guilty of.
Whether it be the madness of Hill$ong, the typical “middle of the road” Anglican temple or the Bible-thumping “Reformed” church, it makes no difference. In this one respect, they’re all the same.
Any place that isn’t stiff (and there are few of those around these days) has electric guitars and drums at the front, ready for a lengthy time of “worship”.
It’s all so predictable. And all so totally useless.
All of today’s “contemporary worship” is a turn off to all seekers of God. Furthermore, it’s fake. All of us on the fringe can see through it. We’ve also endured enough bone dry sermons, thanks, and would rather watch paint dry.
So here’s a tip for all the churches out there: ditch your “contemporary worship”, cut out all the crap and we might be interested in coming.
Otherwise, continue to enjoy your navel gazing.